Safety is a core value at EQT, and we will not compromise on this to gain a business advantage. We are committed to providing a safe and healthful workplace for our employees and vendors, maintaining and operating our equipment responsibly, and creating a safe environment for communities located near EQT operations. Our Environment, Health, and Safety policy formalizes our dedication to creating and maintaining a zero-injury culture.
We are dedicated to personal and process safety, and committed to providing a safe working environment for our employees. We promote a culture of safety by recognizing excellence in safety performance while aggressively addressing opportunities for improvement. In addition to meeting or exceeding all applicable laws and regulations, the company has developed detailed procedures for the safe use of company equipment and provides extensive training to company employees regarding best practices to ensure that their work environment remains safe for themselves, their co-workers, and the community at large. EQT employees also play an important role in making sure that each worker returns home safely at the end of the day; every worker, regardless of title or work responsibilities, has the full authority and responsibility to stop any unsafe work activity.
We routinely inspect all of our locations for compliance with environmental and
safety regulations, and our safety data suggests that our efforts are working.
In 2015, our Lost Time Accident (LTA) rate was 0.36 incidents per every 200,000
person-hours worked, which is lower than the industry average of 0.50.
This was our ninth consecutive year with an LTA rate less than 0.50.
Vehicle safety is another important component of our program. To help reduce the number of vehicle-related incidents, we implemented a comprehensive suite of driver training programs and procedures for EQT employees to create awareness of potential hazards and show employees how to avoid them. The effectiveness of the new emphasis on safe vehicle operation is dramatic. Our 2015 Preventable Vehicle Accident rate dropped from 1.45 in 2014, to 0.94 in 2015, and our Stationary Object Strike rate declined from 1.02 in 2014 to 0.42 in 2015.
Another important aspect of ensuring community safety is the design and maintenance of the two million miles of pipeline infrastructure in America that transports natural gas from the well to the marketplace.EQT has a strong record of pipeline safety. We are continually building new, more technologically-advanced pipelines that offer improved safety features. We also constantly monitor our pipeline system, looking for any possible problems. EQT maintains clear rights-of-way above many of our underground pipelines for safety reasons so that we can have unlimited access for routine maintenance and in times of emergencies.